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How to cook the perfect steak in 5 easy steps

Every Aussie loves a great steak, but how exactly do you cook the perfect steak? Chef’s in restaurants have the luxury of top-tier kitchens with grills that can reach 1,600 degrees, unlike a home grill that tops out at 500–600 degrees.

Not every home cook can afford the pricey prime steaks you can find in a restaurant. With those things in mind, here are some tips for cooking the perfect steak at home.

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How to cook the perfect steak at home

1. Choose the right meat

Steak should be well-marbled for a tenderer, juicier result. Ideally, it would be raised naturally with no antibiotics or hormones. Animals that are “finished” (raised the last 60–90 days) on corn or grain bulk up with fat and produce more highly marbled steaks.

A Wagu T-bone will be the first choice or a rump if you’re on a budget.

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2. Make sure the steak is at room temperature

Take the steak out of the fridge or freezer in time to reach room temperature before cooking. This will ensure it will cook through evenly.

Ensure the steak has been appropriately seasoned for your tastes.

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3. Allow your pan to get moderately hot

Once the pan reaches moderate heat, place the steak in the pan and cook until moisture or blood appears. Once this happens, you can turn your steak and cook the other side to the same level.

4. Check the doneness of the steak

Medium-rare is the perfect steak. However, you’ll have your own tastes you’ll want to cook the perfect steak to when it comes to doneness

To check the doneness, you’ll need to press the flesh.

  • Medium-rare will feel springy – Touch your thumb to your middle finger. Feel the palm of your hand, just below your thumb. Notice how that section of your palm feels springy? This is what a medium-­rare steak feels like.
  • Rare will be soft – Bring your thumb to your pointer finger, and touch that same part of your palm again. It’s slightly firmer. A rare steak should feel like this when you touch it.
  • Medium will feel springy but firm – Move your thumb to your ring finger. Now the palm may feel slightly flexed. This level of firmness means your steak is cooked medium.
  • Well done will feel firm – Now touch your thumb to your pinky. That section of your palm will be reasonably firm. This is what a well-done steak feels like.

You can also use an instant-read meat thermometer to test doneness.

5. Remove and rest before serving

Meat continues to cook after it comes off the stove. The internal temperature can go up another five degrees in five minutes.

Take the steak off the stove and let the meat rest for 7–10 minutes in a warm spot or covered in foil before serving. This allows the juices to be redistributed into the interior of the meat.

Now go out and give the perfect steak a try!

Want to know more about steaks? Find out the calories in a piece of steak, plus these delicious steak recipes:

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